Triumph of the Will (German: Triumph des Willens) is a propaganda film made by Leni Riefenstahl. It chronicles the 1934 Nazi Party Congress in Nuremberg. The film contains excerpts from speeches given by various Nazi leaders at the Congress, including portions of speeches by Adolf Hitler, interspersed with footage of massed party members. Hitler commissioned the film and served as an unofficial executive producer; his name appears in the opening titles. The overriding theme of the film is the return of Germany as a great power, with Hitler as the True German Leader who will bring glory to the nation.
Triumph of the Will was released in 1935 and rapidly became one of the best-known examples of propaganda in film history. Riefenstahl's techniques, such as moving cameras, the use of telephoto lenses to create a distorted perspective, aerial photography, and revolutionary approach to the use of music and cinematography, have earned Triumph recognition as one of the greatest films in history. Riefenstahl won several awards, not only in Germany but also in the United States, France, Sweden, and other countries. The film was popular in the Third Reich and elsewhere, and has continued to influence movies, documentaries, and commercials to this day.
November 27, 2020 Subject:
Never Forget History
A very interesting perspective of the War. Couldn't imagine what it would have been like to be caught up in the turmoil of that era. This needs to be preserved for future generations as a cautionary tale. People are too Censor happy, lest we forget.
Reviewer:Not who you think
March 15, 2020 Subject:
Amazing work from such a long time ago, it’s fascinating how some people get so angry when they see it! Seems like they are afraid of something. Nonetheless inspiring
February 11, 2020 Subject:
The "innovations" in cinematography that have kept this bloated mess from being burned up with other Nazi trash are not really worth the price of admission here. The structure is pedestrian and the filmmakers have trouble with such tasks as exposing anything at night or keeping Hitler's head in the frame while he's making a speech!
On top of that, the events depicted are as boring as it gets. People are presented (unconvincingly) as an unvaried inhuman mass. It's taken for granted that the Nazi leaders are compelling figures, when they are merely slobbering, over-serious hacks giving crazed, unlettered speeches. This tedious screed fails as propaganda unless you're already desperate to join a drug-sodden superstitious death cult.
And yet, we can thank Leni Riefenstahl for producing such a wealth of footage to be used for satire and ridicule through the ages. Sieg Heil!
December 22, 2019 Subject:
- "what's this on the background?"
- "Koyaanisqatsi, the first movie made out of visuals"
- "No, Fantasia is the first one"
No, this is the first one.
November 24, 2019 Subject:
Triumph of the Will (Leni Riefenstahl
Watch this every week without Fail . Godbless mein Leni . God bless our Blessed Fuhrer. The 1st of the Working Classes to become Leader , of Freedom who adored is Homeland and Is Volks SA & SS . We await your Return . God knows we need it now Europe us a Cesspit .
May 2, 2011 Subject:
this film should be studied in all film classes..
techniques of photography were used for first time by Reifenstahl...this film defined the 20th Century...